Psalm: 34, 33
Old Testament: Jeremiah 16:14-21; Jeremiah 26:1-15
Gospel(s): Mark 1:14-20; Matthew 10:16-32

     St. James Led to Martyrdom, c.1722-3 by Piazzetta, or Piazetta, Giambattista

[About the time Paul and Barnabas were sent out from Jerusalem] King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. (Acts 12:1-2)

Today we remember the first of the 12 apostles to be martyred. Tonight’s post boils down to a simple point and a single question:

Contrary to our North American bubble and sensibilities, I’m here to tell you that martyrs still exist

Would you die for Jesus?